Guiding Eyes Heads To Puppy Bowl

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Tracey from Guiding Eyes For The Blind will be participating in the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Animal Planet
Benton from Guiding Eyes For The Blind will be participating in the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Animal Planet

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Two teammates from Yorktown-based Guiding Eyes for the Blind will be suiting up for the biggest animal game of the year.

Benton and Tracey, both 12-week-old Yellow Labrador Retrievers, will be participating in Puppy Bowl X airing Feb. 2 on Animal Planet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Puppy Bowl features a cat halftime show, penguin cheerleaders and even a puppy fantasy league. Michelle Brier, communications director for Guiding Eyes, said it was honored to be invited to the Puppy Bowl. Guiding Eyes breeds puppies to become service and guide dogs.

"Filming was a lot of fun," Brier said. "They both really enjoyed it."

Tracey and Benton were the only service dogs on the team, which includes rescue and adoption dogs. 

"The puppy bowl is always fun to watch," Brier said. "We were super excited."

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a big supporter of Guiding Eyes and Brier said since they can't watch the Giants, they are happy to watch their puppies.

Brier said the shoot was very well done and Guiding Eyes was on-site all day. She said the Humane Society also was on-hand for the filming, which was done last fall.

"We are very picky about the socialization our dogs have," Brier said. "Benton did very well, he'll be one to keep an eye out for."

The puppies are currently being raised in New Hampshire by puppy raisers and will return to Guiding Eyes at 18 months to begin professional dog training. 

Brier said it is unknown if the dogs will be guide dogs or service dogs. She said they appreciate the publicity the game will give them.

"We're always looking to raise awareness," Brier said. "These dogs will help change someone's life."

Brier said she is hoping to arrange a meeting between Manning and the dogs.

"Maybe he can give them some tips," Brier said.

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